Jason Vieuax performs the first Workd of Avner Dorman’s How To Love on July 23 | Music
Eastern Music Festival’s ‘New Perspectives’ concert will feature Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux
GREENSBORO, NC (July 18, 2022) – Eastern Music Festival (EMF), Greensboro’s nationally recognized classical music festival and summer educational program, will feature guitarist Jason Vieuax for the Joseph Series M. Bryan Festival Orchestra: New Perspectives Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m. at Dana Auditorium, Guilford College.
The New Perspectives performance will highlight the world premiere of How to love by Avner Dorman with guitarist Jason Vieaux as soloist. Other works in the concert include pieces by living composer Paul Frucht titledDawnwhich was composed to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, and Symphony No. 10 in E minor by 20th-century composer Dmitri Shostakovich.
living composer, Avner Dormanis known for being “broad, attractive and breathtakingly virtuoso”, as mentioned by The Washington Post. The Israeli native draws on many cultural and historical influences that explore new emotional impact in new territories.
Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux is described by NPR as “perhaps the most precise and soulful guitarist of his generation”. Jason’s multiple appearances for San Francisco Performances, Caramoor Festival, Ravinia Festival, PCMS, 92nd Street Y, Domaine-Forget and many more have helped cement his reputation as one of the finest guitarists in the world. Performing new works has been a Jason passion that has fostered the premieres of works by many notable composers, including Avner Dorman’s complex and moving piece, How to love.
Avner Dorman’s How to loveoriginally written for guitar and string quartet or string orchestra, named after “How to Love” by Thich Nhat Hanh, with four movements titled after the six mantras the author describes at the end of the book: “I’m here for you, I know you’re here, and I’m happy, it’s a happy time, and you’re partly right.” Avner Dorman writes, “How to love talks about the basics of mindfulness and how to love. How to love each other, how to listen and understand, be happy and even disagree. The journey of embracing imperfection in order to love yourself fully is explored through all movements.
Dawn,by Paul Fruit, was inspired by the composer’s love for one of his teachers who died while filming Sandy Hook. Frucht writes that “Dawn Hochsprung was an incredible person whom I had the good fortune to meet when I was a student at Rogers Park Middle School from 2000 to 2003, where she was vice principal. I worked with her and her husband, George, as a member of the National Junior Honor Society. When the tragic events occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, I, like everyone in the Danbury area, was shocked and deeply saddened. Dawn and Geroge had always stuck in my mind not only as outstanding teachers, but also some of the most caring, genuine and positive people I have encountered growing up at Danbury. I immediately felt compelled to write something in memory of him and the twenty-five other people who lost their lives that day.
He goes on to say, “I titled the piece Dawn not only because it’s dedicated to her, but because the nature of Dawn’s actions on the day of filming is the inspiration for the character in this piece. When she realized her school was in danger, her immediate reaction was to protect the children of the school. She put herself in harm’s way in an entirely selfless act in an effort to save the lives of her students. His legacy is one of selflessness, positivity and extraordinary courage. This piece celebrates that heritage.
Tickets for the New Perspectives concert are available at eastermusicfestival.org/tickets. Full program details will be available online at easternmusicfestival.org/calendar.
About Oriental Music Festival:
For six decades, Eastern Music Festival (EMF), a nationally recognized classical music festival and summer educational program, has been produced each summer on the Guilford College campus and at other venues in the Guilford College area. Greensboro, North Carolina. EMF is distinguished by its accomplished faculty, exhilarating repertoire, and world-renowned guest artists under the artistic direction of Gerard Schwarz. A powerful educational institution, the EMF encourages and guides hundreds of young musicians from across the country and around the world as they take their first steps towards a career in the performing arts. Five weeks of EMF 61st the season is June 25 through July 30, 2022. For more information, visit easternmusicfestival.org. Follow EMF on Facebook, Instagram,Twitterand YouTube.